Last Night’s Prayer Meeting

December 4, 2009

Thursday nights these days Kate and I trade off watching Jude and joining a small group of people in our church praying for and sharing about what the Lord is doing in and around us in the places we reside.  Last night was my turn to go to the prayer meeting.

At one point in the night between worship songs, I was reading Acts 4 where the saints are praying after the proclamation of the Gospel (mission) has gotten them in to trouble. Let me quote verses 29 and 30–

And now, Lord, pay attention to their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your message with great courage, even as you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

I love this passage for a couple reasons.  1) we know that God values the situation we live in (i.e. “their threats”) because he came in to our situation in the Incarnation. 2) The praying believers ask only for courage to do what their life in Christ leads them to do–to speak the Good News.  3) It is God who does the healing; His action validates the claim upon which we, His followers, have staked our lives.  So good.
So, following our time of prayer it was great to hear the things the Lord is doing in people’s lives (even through my broken Dutch :)).  Some of you might remember about a month ago that I had asked for prayer for someone’s neighbor who was close to accepting Jesus.  Last night I heard that that person had come to faith in the last month!  Our Prayer in action as the heals in the name of his servant Jesus!

Your prayers are effective in the building of Christ’s Kingdom in Holland!



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